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Production Horticulture: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $870 per level
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Contact: Cloverdale Campus Bookstore 604.598.6020
  • Credential Granted
  • Coordinator Contact 604.598.6102

Application Deadline Advice

Only apprenticeship levels 2&3 are currently being offered. Please check the academic calendar for details.

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: 03

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:

Horticulturalist, Production

ITA Source: 'Horticulturalist, Production' profile.


Production Horticulturalists grow crops in both nursery and/or greenhouse environments. They prepare growing mediums, propagate, grow, grade, prune and prepare plants for distribution. They also control plant pests using integrated pest management techniques.

The program combines technical training and work-based training. It generally takes three years to complete.

The technical training is made up of three levels. Levels One and Two are 6 weeks each. Level Three is 8 weeks. This block of training is normally delivered through and ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 4680 hours. Based on a 30-hour week this involves about 156 weeks of training.

Training Content

Training modules cover:
  • Use Occupational Skills
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • Organize Work
  • Manage Growing Facilities
  • Analyze and Maintain Plant Health
  • Manage Nursery, Field and Container Crops
  • Oversee Nursery Production and Systems Operaitons


  • Grade 10 or equivalent
  • English 10
  • Mathematics 10
  • Science 10

  • Grade 12 or equivalent

Related Occupations

Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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